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April 7, 2009: In This Edition of the Insider
  • Seven Easy Ways to Rock Your Earth Day
  • Good News from Capitol Hill
  • Vote for Your Green Hero
  • Lands Victories
  • Military Families Outdoors Program Featured in Film
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    Seven Easy Ways to Rock Your Earth Day
    Earth Day 2009April 22, 2009 will be the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! We could easily come up with 40 amazing things to do to mark the occasion, but we know you're busy -- so we narrowed the list down to an easy seven. And you don't even have to do all of them. Just pick even one and you'll be giving something back to the lovely ball of blue that gives us all a place to hang our hats.

    Really: Seven easy Earth Day activities await, so pick one (or more) today.


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    Good News from Capitol Hill
    Good News from the CapitolMembers of Congress start a recess this week, but they accomplished some important milestones before leaving town. Both houses passed versions of President Obama's proposed budget, which would end our dependence on oil, fight global warming, and create millions of new green jobs by investing in clean energy. The two bills will now need to be merged before final passage. Let your members of Congress know you support President Obama's vision for a green future.

    Equally exciting, Representatives Henry Waxman and Ed Markey released draft comprehensive clean-energy and climate legislation that they intend to move through the House Energy & Commerce Committee by Memorial Day. As Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope wrote in his blog: "The bill represents a broad outline… but it is an incredibly powerful and hopeful sign."

    Let your members of Congress know you want them to pass a strong climate bill this year.

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    Let's Hear It for Heroes
    Eco-HeroesWith some help from the Sierra Club, Green Works™ has selected the ten finalists in its Green Heroes Grant Program. Through this program, Green Works will award five eco-friendly community projects across the country with a grant of $10,000 each.

    The range of locally based programs that made the finals is truly impressive, and you have until April 10 to check them out and vote for the project that inspires you most.

    The winners will be announced on Earth Day.

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    These Lands Are Our Lands
    Public Lands VictoriesThere's been plenty of great news for lovers of America's wild lands in the past couple of weeks. First and foremost, the landmark Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 was finally passed. It safeguards millions of acres of new wilderness, protects hundreds of miles of rivers, expands trails, and keeps critical habitat in Wyoming safe from oil and gas leasing. 

    A week earlier, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it will review certain permits for mountaintop-removal coal mines -- something the Bush EPA never did. That's our biggest step yet in the complex effort to end this most destructive form of coal mining and to support Appalachia's long-term economic vitality. 

    Finally, by a bipartisan vote of 412 - 3 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FLAME (Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement) Act. This vote represents an important step toward fixing the funding crisis that has prevented the Forest Service from conducting work to restore the health of forests and protect communities from devastating wildfires.

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    Red, White, and Green
    Military Families Outdoors ProgramThe Sierra Club's Military Families Outdoors Program, which sent 13,000 military families to camp last year, was recently featured in the documentary film Red, White, and Green. Last week Sierra Club president Allison Chin attended the film's premier for military families at Camp Pendleton, where the campers and their families were greeted with the full red-carpet treatment. Read more in Allison's blog: "Power to Change."

    And, yes, that was President Chin sitting behind President Obama at his first "virtual town hall" meeting. 

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    Charles Darwin Was Here
    Where can you snorkel with sea lions, play with penguins, and get up close to a giant tortoise?* The Galapagos! With half its species not found anywhere else in the world, it's no wonder that this volcanic archipelago inspired Charles Darwin.
    *Sierra Club trips always follow appropriate guidelines on not disturbing wildlife.


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    Green Tea Time
    It's President Obama's favorite drink. Of course it's fair-trade and organic.

    And now Honest Tea is partnering with the Sierra Club to help protect the environment. Beginning this month, you'll find our logo on Honest Tea's Moroccan Mint, Green Dragon, Honey Green, and Mango Green Tea. To celebrate, Honest Tea is offering Insider subscribers an exclusive coupon


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    Drown Out "Drill, Baby, Drill"
    In the waning days of the Bush administration, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) pushed through a five-year drilling program that would open the majority of our coasts to offshore drilling. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has extended the public comment period on this unbalanced plan through September.

    We've made it easy to submit your comments to the MMS and let them know that drilling is not the answer.

    Click here to submit your comment.  


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